Several films have been taken on the space station, including the 2002 IMAX documentary Cruise told. “Apogee of Fear” 2012, a science fiction film, was also filmed in space by businessman and space tourist Richard Garriott, son of an astronaut.
But Cruise could be the first actor to survive on a journey into space.
“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA’s ambitious plans come true,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet Tuesday.
It is unclear how or when Cruise will travel to the space station or what additional crew members can join him.
Russia is the only country with the ability to fly humans to and from the space station, but SpaceX and Boeing have worked for years to develop spacecraft capable of returning that capability to the United States. The SpaceX vehicle, Crew Dragon, is expected to complete its first crew mission to ISS later this month.
Unlike the human space program in the previous decade, NASA will not own and operate SpaceX or Boeing vehicles. Both companies will be allowed to sell seats on their spaceships to tourists or others who are willing to pay millions of price tags.
SpaceX previously announced it would work with third-party companies to sell seats on Dragon Dragon ships around $ 50 million each.
The document also sets out how much a particular service costs: Use of life support equipment – and toilets – is listed at $ 11,250 per day. Food, air and other provisions are valued at $ 22,500 per day.
Rachel Crane from CNN Business contributed to this report.